I recently gave a presentation on The Coming of Age of Collaborative Fundraising at the AFP Central Carolina chapter in Columbia, SC which got a great response.  In this competitive era of fundraising, with more non-profits angling for available charitable dollars from individuals, businesses and foundations, it is critical to stand out among the crowd.

Collaborative fundraising allows groups, especially smaller groups and organizations, to join together with the desired outcome of raising more than they could alone.  By joining together, these groups can target a bolder vision and more significant fundraising projects, attract major donors, and through their lead and challenge gifts leverage a much wider giving constituency.

Collaborative fundraising can be effective at other junctures throughout the campaign- always with the understood consent and trust of the aligning groups, making the net gain greater than the individual groups could achieve alone. It’s not for every organization, but in the right situations it is powerful, creative and allows for successful capital fundraising.

The presentation addresses strategy and tactics, and specifically:

  • Collaborative fundraising success and where success is not achieved
  • Perspective of major donors
  • Perspective of collaborative organizations
  • 21 Steps for Seamless Collaborative Fundraising

If you are planning a meeting or conference of non-profit leaders or funders who are thinking about big visions and how to fund them, you can contact us at info@simsandsteele.com or828-254-9004.



Wilson Sims, Jr.  MBA,  Sims & Steele Consulting   

Wilson serves as convener for the French Broad River Greenway, enjoys a six year match through Big Brother Big Sister, and is president of The Webb School Alumni Board, Bell Buckle Tennessee.